I know it's been mentioned how important it is to just understand the mechanisms and not to memorize ..... afterall the MCAT tests for understanding and not memorizing. I'm having a huge problem trying to figure out the orgo. mechanisms conceptually. Everytime I have one mechanism down, just my memorizing the steps, I forgot the other ten reactions I learned before that. For instance, the transesterification mechanism has about eight steps. All I see are arrows, electrons coming in/out and I have no understanding of why. So my question is, wouldn't it be easier to just memorize how the end product should look given a certain reaction because I know there isn't enough time on the MCAT to be tracing electrons.